Hailey Gardiner interned as a medical assistant at Alpine Pediatrics during Winter 2022 Semester.
Describe a day in your life as an intern.
While working as a medical Assistant I would check in patients, assist in procedures, give vaccinations and medications, and many other duties.
What industry/job specific skills did you learn?
There were so many valuable skills that I was able to acquire. I learned how to give shots, medications, interpret child growth charts, read developmental data, small amount of medical billing and coding, direct patient care, etc. These skills will be invaluable to me as I continue in the healthcare field. Along with learning so many skills, I was also able to be immersed in the work through hands-on training and work. I was able to assist in various procedures. Being able to assist the Doctor or PA in the procedure was so much fun! And incredibly useful to my education as I learn more and more about the human body.
What are three things that you learned from this experience that could be applied to other settings?
I learned how to ask for help and ALWAYS be curious! You are never done learning. Ask questions and continually ask what you can do to help other people around you. I also learned the importance of a good work environment. It is so important that you find somewhere that values you and helps you grow.
What was your favorite part of your internship?
Being able to work with all the cute kiddos in pediatrics. And delving further into my education of healthcare.
How did this experience affect your future goals?
Working in the medical field is what I want to do in life. I am so passionate about helping people and learning all that I can. Getting the opportunity to work in pediatrics was the perfect chance to put my foot in the door and start making connections with healthcare providers, other MAs, and managers in the field. It also helped open my eyes to all the opportunities that are available to me. In talking with the PA's I worked with I developed a more concrete plan for what I want to do with my graduate school
How did you get your internship?
I met with the Manager and asked if I could complete an externship there.
How did this experience contribute to your growth?
I grew so much during my time at Alpine Pediatrics. I learned how to trust my instincts, always be curious, and work hard!